Feb 16, 2009

Quinoa "Fried Rice"





Quinoa males a great alternative to rice. This quick dish was put together in minutes using leftover quinoa made earlier in the week. Quinoa expands to double it's size when cooking, leftovers can refrigerated to use throughout the week.

Enjoy this as an ovo-vegetarian main dish, or would be a great side dish with grilled chicken or shrimp.



Quinoa "Fried Rice"
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes

As a side dish:
Servings: 5 servings Serving Size: 1 cup Old Points: 5 pts Points+: 6 pts
Calories: 252.3 • Fat: 6.3 g • Carbs: 39 g • Fiber: 5.6 g • Protein: 11.7


As a main dish:
Servings: 4 servings Serving Size: 1 1/4 cups Old Points: 6 pts Points+: 8 pts
Calories: 315.4 • Fat: 7.8 g • Carbs: 48.7 g • Fiber: 7.0 g • Protein: 14.6

  • 4 cups cooked quinoa
  • 8 scallions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 red peppers, diced small
  • 1 tomato, diced small
  • 4 tsp low sodium soy sauce (for gluten free use gf tamari)
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • spray oil
  • 3 egg whites, scrambled
  • 1 whole egg, scrambled
  • salt

In a nonstick wok, spray oil and add the eggs and salt and cook a minute or two until done. Set aside.

Add the remaining oil to the wok and add the scallions, peppers and garlic. Saute about a minute, add the tomato and stir in all the quinoa. Add soy sauce and fish sauce stir to mix all the ingredients. Keep stirring a few minutes, then add cooked scrambled egg. Adjust soy sauce if needed to taste and mix well another 30 seconds. Serve with 0 point sliced cucumbers for a complete meal.

49 comments :

  1. Quinoa is great. Even better than couscous, which is idiotically simple to make. This is a cool way to use it, too. Thanks, Gina!

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  2. I found you searching for a soup and just wanted to stop long enough to say that your photography is simply beautiful! Everything looks so perfect and professional - it's like looking at a gorgeous cookbook!!

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  3. Looks good Gina! Thanks!

    :)tj

    tjstestkitchen.blogspot.com

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  4. Great idea! Good way to get grains in and tons of fiber.

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  5. Gina,

    I just recently discovered your site and it is always the first e-mail I open. Your recipes are the best and I can't wait to try the quinoa recipes. Thank you so much for all your hard work.

    Kathi B

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  6. where do you buy quinoa sounds delicious!

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  7. I absolutely must try quinoa. It's one of those things that has been sitting on my pantry shelf for ages. It's so old that I probably need to get some new quinoa! This looks like a great way to use it up :)

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  8. Sorry I haven't responded all week, I am on vacation in PR and there is no wifi around.
    Thanks for all the positive remarks, I made everything before I left and set it up to autopost.
    @Lori, it really is simple to make. The possibilities of recipes it are endless!
    @Mynew30, thanks so much for the compliment. I am always looking to improve my photography so it means a lot. Thanks
    @Kathib, welcome!
    @Recipegirl, I do that a lot!

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  9. Thanks for another idea on how to use quinoa!

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  10. I made the quinoa fried rice tonight and it was OFF THE HOOK AMAZING! Thanky you!

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  11. Wow, that looks sooo good! But all your recipes look good!

    I really love Quinoa but struggle to give it some variety. Thanks so much for this recipe, yum!

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  12. After recently joining WW, I was looking for light recipes and I stumbled upon your blog. Its my favorite place to search for recipes - that are simple yet healthy. Thanks!

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  13. I'm a weekend cook, so I'm not quite up to par with fancy recipes. I consider this "fancy" because I've no clue as to what quinoa is, but I can simply google that one :) Into deeper matters, is the fish sauce necessary? Any alternatives rather than drenching the recipe in soy sauce? (Watching sodium) ~Bre

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  14. You could just leave the fish sauce out if you don't have it. I like the flavor it gives the "rice". Quinoa is a high protein seed that includes all 9 essential amino acids, magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorus. It has a nutty flavor and a fluffy, slightly crunchy texture, similar to pastina.

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  15. Hi Gina, I was trying to find all the ingredients to make this and am not sure what "fish sauce" is. My grocery store didn't know either. Please let me know and if there's a substitute if not available in my area.

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  16. You could leave it out if it's not available by you, it is in the Asian aisle of my supermarket. You may need to adjust the salt or soy sauce.

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  17. this was awesome. i added about 3/4 cup of kale for extra fiber and added volume. really delicious. thanks!

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    1. OMG, there is a ton of fiber in Quinoa, did you explode? lol

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  18. Tried Quinoa for the first time last week and was impressed! Hoping to try this recipe next week.

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  19. Hi...
    Do you know how many ww+ points are in this recipe per serving?
    Thanks!

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  20. Gina, this is delicious! A great alternative to fried rice! Thanks

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  21. love to try this but would like to know how many points this will be on points+

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  22. I just made this and it was delicious! Even my finicky 2 year old scarfed it down. I omitted the fish sauce, since I didn't have any. Another site suggested mixing a little lemon juice with the soy, if you didn't have fish sauce. I tried that and hopefully that achieved the flavor it was suppose to. Regardless, it was good.

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  23. any ideas on calories for this recipe? looks tasty!!!

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  24. I just bought a box of this yesterday so I will be trying this recipe out tomorrow for dinner. Thanks so much Gina!

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  25. This may be a silly question....but by red peppers do you mean bell peppers or hot peppers?

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  26. I used red bell pepper. Sorry for the confusion.

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  27. Quinoa can be bought anywhere that sells groceries but if you have an Ocean State Job Lot near you, I recommend you buy it there. It is much much cheaper and they often have the prerinsed variety.

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  28. Delicious! Do you think it would freeze well? I'm looking for easy to grab meals for university, since I go until 10 at night twice a week, and this is so delicious and satisfying!

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  29. Maybe it was the fish sauce or the fact that I used freshly cooked Quinoa but this was gross.

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    1. Yeah, mine wasn't that great either. I omitted scallions (couldn't find any at Target), used extra soy sauce and lime juice for fish sauce (because I didn't have any) and used leftover quinoa, but it was still pretty bad. Maybe I should've followed the recipe to a T...

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  30. Just made this for lunch. Delicious. Thanks so much. I am new to your site and love all your recipes and pics.

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  31. This is my FAVORITE recipe!! First time I tried it I was amazed at how much like Chinese take-out fried rice this tasted, but I thought it could use more veggies. Next time I made it I just added broccoli, peppers, mushrooms, etc. I love this recipe! So easy, healthy AND tasty!!

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  32. This recipe made me a believer (in quinoa that is!). I switched up the veggies to make it bit more traditional (carrots, peas, green onions, and bamboo shoots and added cut up chicken as well) but otherwise made it as directed and it was fantastic. I think I even prefer it without the rice. Amazing!

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  33. Gina,

    Please tell me you know about Bragg's Liquid Aminos...I will never go back to regular soy sauce, you should definitely give it a try!

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  34. Just a side note, fish sauce is not vegetarian! You might edit that portion of your post :)

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  35. I am so glad I found your blog! I made this recipe last night and it was amazing! Thank you so much for including all the nutritional information, as well as WW points, in your recipes. I'm going to tell all my friends about this blog. You have another faithful follower!

    Best wishes,
    Angelica

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  36. This is absolutely wonderful. Tried it tonight, will be making it again!

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  37. Accidently stumbled on to quinoa and LOVED IT! Made this recipe and it is SO GOOD....and easy to make! Looking forward to making more of your amazing recipes!!

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  38. Hey, just a cool idea for quinoa...when washing it, I use a permanent coffee filter basket to drain it--it's a great size, and the little grains can't escape. Thanks for your amazing site!

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  39. Gina,would you recommend Sriracha sauce in place of the fish sauce, or some other hot sauce? The fish sauce has way too much sodium for my husband's diet. Just a thought. Can't wait to try this! Thanks!

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    1. Sure, that would give it a nice kick!

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  40. This recipe is amazing! Instead of fish sauce, I used a little bit of hoisin sauce. Everyone in the lunchroom at work was commenting on how good it smelled. Next time I plan on adding carrots and peas. Thank you for all the great recipes!

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  41. Hi Gina,

    This might be a dumb question, but if I don't have a Wok, can I use a regular pan? Would I need to adjust any of the process? Thanks!

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  42. tried this recipe tonight i skipped the crushed peppers, but followed the recipe regarding the soy sauce and the fish sauce. However I found this to be somewhat bland, is there any way to make it really spicy?

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  43. Yes. Add the crushed peppers. ;o)

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  44. I tried this recipe (and several others from this site) this weekend and LOVED it!! This is definitely my new fave source for recipes (and I can't stop telling people about it!)

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  45. I added tofu and some sesame oil - so filling!!!

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